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Pacific Storm System Impacting the West Coast

Another Pacific storm will bring additional rounds of heavy coastal and low elevation rain, mountain snow, and high winds to California and southern Oregon. Heavy rain with the potential for flash flooding and isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across portions of the central Gulf coast. A winter storm will continue to impact the north and central interior of Alaska. Read More >


The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Program cultivates a diverse workforce that mirrors the communities served by NWS, and promotes an environment of inclusion that maximizes employee engagement and productivity. DEIA ensures that Department of Commerce and NOAA diversity and inclusion priorities are reflected in NWS policies, and implemented in a consistent manner across NWS' uniquely distributed organization. The office consists of three federally mandated programs - the Federal Women's Program, the Hispanic Program and the Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) Program. Each of these programs is governed by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits illegal discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, genetic information, national origin, sexual orientation and disability.

DEIA collaborates with the Office of Communications to ensure the Agency’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity messaging accurately reflects the sentiments of Agency leadership. DEIA also assists the Workforce Management Office (WFMO) with their outreach to and recruitment of women, minorities and persons with targeted disabilities. DEIA provides guidance to the NWS Diversity Management Council and serves as advisors to the NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Management Council (DIMAC). In addition, DEIA provides EEO compliance training and training related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility to supervisors’ managers and employees across a geographically dispersed area.

DEIA conducts mandatory EEOC on-site Technical Assistance Visits (TAVs) in field offices in accordance with EEOC Management Directive MD 715 to ensure employees attend appropriate training and are aware of diversity and equal rights opportunities, as well as the tools and support available to them. DEIA is an Agency asset available to employees and managers alike.